SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Good specs and solid looking little body for the price. The kit prices are good and this would be a perfect recommendation over entry level DSLRs imo.

Caerolle, you are so right. Most people don't know about anything other than the Canikon big names at the big box stores. Many people don't even know mirrorless exists, but more people are starting to realize though word of mouth. I really don't blame BB and WM for carrying what people know. That's how it goes and the internet enables people who want to be better informed on such things.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 01:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (544 comments in total)
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retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.

nerd2, I think micro4/3rds is a better option and don't have to show you anything. I also think Sony FF mirrorless is a better option, also have nothing to prove to you. I have no problem that you like Fuji best. None at all.

Don, again nothing to prove, except that better focal length conversion rate, better quality lenses, and nicer user experience is subjective. So key advantages for you are not the same for everyone. Of course, if they are so for you, there is nothing wrong with that.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 01:27 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)

Good specs and solid looking little body for the price. The kit prices are good and this would be a perfect recommendation over entry level DSLRs imo.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:11 UTC as 89th comment | 6 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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The Squire: UHS-II card interface? Yey!
USB 2.0 wired interface. Boo!

When are we going to see USB 3.0 on cameras, for those of us who prefer a cable rather than popping the card out?

I suspect the problem is that micro USB 3.0 is a really awkward shape. Very wide.

I guess we'll have to wait a couple of years for USB-C before we get faster interfaces to cameras...

When those who don't have cards readers in all their computers bother with cables?

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am not seeing a lot to dislike about this camera. They would sell a lot more of these if they advertised them more and also sold them in stores like Best Buy right from day one. As it stands right now Canon will sell many times as many T6s/T6i cameras as Panasonic will sell G7 cameras.

That is also despite the fact that the Canon cameras had a significant defect in a large portion of their initial shipments(Which they addresses quickly), the T6s only does 5 FPS vs. the 7 FPS for the G7, The G7 is cheaper, and the G7 does 4K @ 30 FPS video vs just 1080p @ 30 FPS for the Canon cameras.

Panasonic’s issue is not that they don’t make great cameras. There issue is that not enough people even know they make cameras.

It kind of proves that Panasonic doesn't decide what Best Buy stocks and Best Buy stocks a name people recognize in photography.

I noticed Target has this huge Bose and Beats headphone displays. They are priced very high and there are better headphones out there at a lower cost, but people want brands they associate with quality and the retailers want this as well so they can keep prices up. It is as it is. Cruel cruel world.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:04 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

600mm equiv. lens that is actually 300mm size is not bad to hand hold even without a tripod. I have a FD 500mm f4.5L and previously a 300mm f2.8 with 1.4x and 2x that were surely heavier than the Olympus will be and I didn't find hand holding to be too bad with these. Of course those who are really looking at big glass do use tripods when needed, and gimbal heads, and their hand holding skills are often quite developed. Really, though if one want's long teles that are not offered in micro, they can just buy another system. Their whim for large glass offered elsewhere should not decide the competence of this camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:58 UTC
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OBI656: Fuji and Sony will pretty soon replace positions of Canon and Nikon in market place ...

Mssimo, since you used Kodak as an example, do you mean to say that the cause of Kodak's failure was that they had a foothold? Using them as an example of what will inevitably happen to Canon and Nikon is a weak correlation. I also understand that Android and iOS are based on the Linux kernel. Both Apple and Google make successful operating systems--they are competing products. The success of Android has been an upset of the market. (Which does fluctuate depending on release date. For example the iPhone 6 had Apple's sales take the majority from Android sales for the first time in years... until the latest gen. of Android phones were released.) How is this not a valid comparison to the market share mirrorless makers are trying to steal from DSLR makers?

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
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OBI656: Fuji and Sony will pretty soon replace positions of Canon and Nikon in market place ...

None of the big players are going anywhere soon. Canon and Nikon have a foothold in DSLRs until the current generation of photographers die at least if not longer. That said, Android stole over 70% of the market from Apple's iOS, so anything is possible.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
On Hawaii-June 1969 & June 2014 in the Memories challenge (35 comments in total)

What a fantastic story and picture. Congratulations for staying together while apart! (...tips hat...) If you have not see it already, check out the Andrew Peterson's video "Dancing in the Minefields" on youtube.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2015 at 01:13 UTC as 27th comment
On Canon issues product advisory for Rebel T6i/T6s article (141 comments in total)

Wow, I'm used to the first step being denial. This is refreshing. Thanks DPR for reporting on the problem and solution.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 15:32 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On E' la Belle Epoque in the A portrait in Corcos style challenge (16 comments in total)

What a lovely young lady with a truly peaceful expression. The lighting is blissful and I think this is a deserving first for a Corsco style portrait.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 01:31 UTC as 14th comment
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 comments in total)
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TSeiler: My Fuji S1 has a 25-1200 lens and a great doubler built in giving me 2400mm. It is only $250 and has built in image stabilization. And I can shoot it without a tripod and get great images.

I could shoot this one without a tripod too. "Just put it over there on the ground. Yeah, a little to the left. Ok, Sweet." :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:38 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (233 comments in total)

Interesting. Canon seems to be a formula following company and this really breaks the mold. Kind of an oddball attempt to be innovative and I'm not sure if it's going to be amazing or a dud. Time will tell. And price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies

Like everyone else is saying, if the price were $299, or the magnification was 1.5:1 or 2:1, or it was a 150mm with a tripod collar, or it was f4 and much smaller than the legacy options it might have been compelling. I wish Samyang well, but unless your mount doesn't offer this the same lens in AF for less or equal money, then why?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 13:31 UTC as 25th comment
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (832 comments in total)
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TNT DJ: I am seriously considering the A77II; do you think it's a better camera for a hobbyist, considering the price of lenses (including adapted MF lenses) than the A7II? I get the feeling that it's better to go with the A77II for now and then jump to the A7RII once it has IBIS (and the FE lenses come down in price, and I have had years and years to save for the whole system.). Upgrading from Sony A200 / kit lenses; I need better IQ as I capture my wife's artwork. / I use the IBIS in my A200 all the time in low light (concerts.)
Thanks for anyone's thoughts; I'd be willing to switch systems but in my mind I just can't give up the total value of IBIS. As a hobbyist, why pay for IS in each expensive lens, when I can throw on a crazy old Russian lens and use IBIS. OIS is priced for people who shoot for a living, not me.

I have the A7 and E-M1. ISO 50 is nice. High ISO, while not a leader among FF cameras is very good in my A7 compared with the E-M1. I do not get more blurry photos than with the E-M1, but I do use the two cameras differently. A7 blows the E-M1 away in night photography on or off tripod imo. I would prefer the A7s to either of course if that was a main squeeze, but FF rocks smaller sensors when it comes to low light and night.

As to IBIS, I've never used anything better than the E-M1. It's brilliant. My former Pentax K5iis didn't compare to the E-M1 and I'd be surprised if Sony's A7ii is as good because it has a lot larger a sensor to move in not much more space. It may be great and it's better than no IBIS and I love that it works with all legacy lenses, but still, Olympus does do some things right and this is one of them. Dust busting is another. No system is as good. Cheers, Seth

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 02:45 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (832 comments in total)
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TNT DJ: I am seriously considering the A77II; do you think it's a better camera for a hobbyist, considering the price of lenses (including adapted MF lenses) than the A7II? I get the feeling that it's better to go with the A77II for now and then jump to the A7RII once it has IBIS (and the FE lenses come down in price, and I have had years and years to save for the whole system.). Upgrading from Sony A200 / kit lenses; I need better IQ as I capture my wife's artwork. / I use the IBIS in my A200 all the time in low light (concerts.)
Thanks for anyone's thoughts; I'd be willing to switch systems but in my mind I just can't give up the total value of IBIS. As a hobbyist, why pay for IS in each expensive lens, when I can throw on a crazy old Russian lens and use IBIS. OIS is priced for people who shoot for a living, not me.

PM me if you want to hear my opinion coming from Olympus E-3 to Pentax K5iis, to A7 + E-M1. Might take a day or two to get back, but I'd be happy to share. What other priorities besides IBIS do you have? If you really value in body IS, what are your thoughts on the E-M5ii?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 04:25 UTC
On Video: DPReview panel at CreativeLive's Gear Day 2015 article (28 comments in total)
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Amir Danesh: About PENTAX !
I think it not going to be a FF because all of the APS-C lens in pentax design for 1.3 crop and thats why i am thinking about a camera with 1.3 crop sensor size!
a camera betwin FF and APS-C...

Ricoh has officially announced development of a FF camera. I think they also revealed it will have a crop mode for their less than FF coverage lenses. The newest lenses are certainly FF size and probably FF price and developed for this FF camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
On Video: DPReview panel at CreativeLive's Gear Day 2015 article (28 comments in total)

Nice blurb about DPR at the end. Are there really a lot of people interested in photography (and having an internet connection) that don't know about DPR?

Anyhow, that was fun. I like hearing the various opinions of the staff here and I agree that the current cameras are so good and the improvements don't look like they are slowing down. It's a great time to into photography.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 20:55 UTC as 10th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (818 comments in total)
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panpen: $1100 for a camera with a tiny sensor when you can get a Sony full frame for only $100 more? No thank you.

Yes, if you only were to buy a body only and no lenses you have a point. Cameras are not much good without lenses. Oh, and if one were allowed only one camera then you also have a point. Oh, and if your priorities were better met by a larger sensor you have a point. And if the lenses available in Sony FE mount completely satisfied your needs you have a point. But since that combination of ifs is pretty much essential (especially if the money is important to you)... then you have a pointless point. I use an A7 and E-M1 right now. What a combo!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (818 comments in total)
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Oli4D: @ panpen: Well, the sensor size is not the most important thing. Sonys A7 is a good camera for sure, but with full frame you have the problem of large / heavy lenses, especially the tele zooms.
Also, full frame DOF is not always an advantage. For macro work for example, the E-M5 II with the MFT sensor has actually an advantage.

I have the A7 and E-M1 that I traded out APS-C DSLRs for. Sensor size is an important thing in both directions depending on priorities. I don't have a problem with large and heavy lenses for my A7. It depends what one chooses for lenses. This "problem" is overblown. Long telephotos for any system are larger than mirrorless cameras tend to run with comfortably. Throw on a vertical grip and it balances. My largest lens is 300mm f2.8 and the size goes with the telephoto territory and not with the A7 as opposed to the E-M1. This isn't a mirrorless problem as much as it is people wanting something different than what mirrorless is really good at. My E-M1 kit is larger since I tend to use the E-M1 with telephoto zooms! E-M1 = 2x teleconverter! ;) As far as DOF goes with macro (and landscape) your logic is solid, but in practice the disadvantage of FF on the deep side of things really isn't there where as the shallow DOF advantage is clearly the realm of the larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
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